April 20, 2015

Review - Instigation by Tessa Teevan


Instigation, Book 1 in The Clandestine Affairs Trilogy
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense—Full Length Novel
Author: Tessa Teevan
Release Day: April 20, 2015
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Breaking up is hard to do. Three years after her life changed forever, Gabriella Latham finally has it all. Killer job [if working for her boyfriend counts]. Killer closet [even if she doesn't technically own any of it]. Killer boyfriend [who refuses to let her leave him, even when she tries]. Unfortunately for her, the last part isn't hyperbole. She just doesn't know it yet. Adrian Morningstar was a dream come true. No one had ever loved her more, and for the first time, in longer than she could remember, she was no longer alone. He was the Prince Charming to her Cinderella, until suddenly he became the Beast from whom she could not escape. Until him. When Rafe Matthews is hired to oversee the guest home construction of one of the most powerful businessmen in the country, he finally has his in. Nothing will get in the way of what he sets out to do. Until her. Watching from the shadows, he's drawn to the beautiful, isolated woman of the house. His curiosity is piqued and he has to have her. She may be taken by the boss, but that's not enough to stop him. Or her. Nothing is quite as it seems, and this is only the beginning. Passions ignite. Tempers flare. Secrets kill.


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A devilish, almost villainous grin graced his lips as his eyes filled with amusement. “Oh, Gabriella, you’ve no idea,” he said. “I shouldn’t do this. I shouldn’t be here, but I can’t seem to help myself.” His words caught me off guard as his hands gripped my hips and he pushed me backwards until the brick of the wall bit into the skin of my lower back. He leaned down until his lips were dangerously close to mine. My insides quivered, and my heart leaped into my throat. For an entire week, I’d been waiting for his hands to be on me again, and now that he was right there, I knew I’d die if he didn’t touch me. Kiss me. Take me home and ravish me like he had that first night. “Adrian,” I whispered, surprised at the breathy, sultry tone of my voice. God, it’d only been a week and I was already dangerously addicted to him. His eyes gleamed as if he could read my mind, and I wondered if this has been his plan all along. To give me a taste, a perfect sneak peek at what being his would be like, and then take it away, only to keep showing up to tease me. To dangle the proverbial carrot on the string that was too high for me to get a taste or even the slightest nibble. It would suffice only for a moment, but it would be just enough to keep me from going insane. He was a deranged Pavlov and I was his little dog, salivating and panting, wanting him, that torturous bell ringing over and over again, but instead of giving me what I wanted, he kept it too far out of reach.  

Author Bio
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I'm a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats. If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.  
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My Review

I have read all of Tessa’s books and up until now her stories have been safe, minimal drama, steamy - perfect for me. Instigation is so different, but I am intrigued, hooked, otherwise can’t wait for more!

When we first meet Gabriella she is at a crossroads since she just finished school and is looking for a job. Orphaned by her parents just a few years prior she is completely alone in the world. That’s why when she meets a charming, successful, handsome Adrian is completely entranced.

Years later she doesn’t even recognize herself. She is living in his home, living off of his money, and “working” for him. No longer is she the girl who thought she could take the world by storm, she is Adrian’s girlfriend. Gabriella was fine with being all these things until Adrian begins to change, now her discovering his cheating is the last straw.

I know I can no longer do this. I may have no one. I may have nothing. But as long as I regain my sense of self, that’s all I need.

After Adrian leaves on one of his many business trips she decides now is the time to change. When Rafe Matthews, the contractor, enters her life moments later, she is completely taken back and torn. Rafe treats her differently, he wants to cherish and protect her. She is torn by what she wants, but knows she shouldn’t have.

One man wanted to own me like a cheap toy, his until he was ready to discard me. The other looked at me as if he could see the old me. The real Gabriella.

Instigation began as one thing and I thought I had a clue where things were going. I thought we had a cheating boyfriend and knight in shining armor, but I was wrong. After finishing this story I am not sure what I think. Tessa leads you on a journey that leaves you guessing and dying for more.

I am completely intrigued and can’t wait to see what happens next for these characters!

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

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